Inversión de escena: Lienzo Inversión de escena: Lienzo
  • Title: Inversión de escena
  • Alternate Title: Scene Inversion
  • Holdings: photo gallery, video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: various
  • Language: Spanish
  • Date: 17 Oct 1979
  • Location: Santiago, Chile
  • Type-Format: performance, film, demonstration, installation
  • Credits: CADA (Colectivo Acciones de Arte), producer, director; Lotty Rosenfeld, Diamela Eltit, Raúl Zurita, Juan Castillo, Fernando Balcells, creators.

Inversión de escena (1979)

On October 17, 1979, eight milk trucks left the Soprole milk factory to drive through the city of Santiago according to a previously planned route, which ended at the National Museum of Fine Arts, where the trucks stood for hours forming a long line. The route symbolically connects a milk producing factory with a conservative 'art factory', the museum. This civil action sought to expose political violence, cultural censorship and human misery in a country threatened and under surveillance by Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship. The Museum was under the control of the dictatorship so the milk trucks worked as a critical reference to military technology and Pinochet’s regime. Covering the facade of the Museum with a white cloth, CADA indicated that art was not inside the museum but outside, dispersed in the city, clandestine. Shown in this clip is video documentation of the performance, along with a text in Spanish: ‘El arte es la ciudad y el cuerpo de los ciudadanos desnutridos’ (Art is the city and the body of undernourished citizens).

HIDVL Video Holdings

Inversión de escena
Inversión de escena (unedited footage I and II)
Inversión de escena (unedited footage III)
Inversión de escena (scrolling of performance synopsis : English version)
Acciones sobre arte y política CADA, 1979-1985 (still images)

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